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Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beerguy101 on 01-01-2004

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344
Ratings:
2,054
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
7.83%
 
 
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Photo of julian
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick pitch black with a rocky nut brown head and sticky lacing all around. Beautiful. 4.5

S: Very nice! Minimal bourbon notes, but definitely noticeable, in fact the other aromas seem to be muted perhaps due to age, or simply due to being overwhelmed by the barrel aging. There is some wooded essence to it as well now that I mention barrels. 3.5

T&M: This is amazing. Combination of bourbon, barrel/wood, coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Smooth, great creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect. Finish is nice and clean. 4.5 / 4.5

O: This is fantastic! Great mouthfeel, taste. Was hoping for more in the aroma but this is a world class BA RIS. 4.5

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Photo of Azurescens
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle 2009 batch (2011 release) poured into snifter, reviewed on 8/27/11.

A: Pours black with a thin brown head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Roasted malt and chocoate with a mellowed bourbon barrel character from the 2 years this spent in barrels, alcohol, bourbon and oak.

T: Super smooth with oak notes from the bourbon barrel, chocolate, some faint coffee notes and a mellow bourbon flavor as well.

M: Really smooth and creamy full body with low-moderate carbonation and sweet finish.

O: Great example of a barrel aged imperial stout, extremely smooth and full of flavor. Quite drinkable for a beer of this size.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this gem.

2007 vintage. Bottle number 205 of 447. This was sampled side-by-side with a regular Speedway Stout. The beer pours dark brown to black with a brown head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is awesome. I get bourbon, oak, semi-sweet chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla. The oak and tannic notes are very tart or bitter, giving the beer an almost sour quality. The coffee has completely faded. Medium-thick mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation. Not sure which I liked the best out of this and the non barrel-aged version because they are both awesome. Very happy I got to try this.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle 44/233. Thanks to Ross for grabbing this rarity.

A: Dark semi-translucent brown pour with a light beige head. Fairly typical barreled high gravity appearance.

S: Bourbon soaked cherries, old musty oak barrels, dark dessert chocolates.

T: Oak, lightly roasted coffee beans, harsh bittering chocolates. The bourbon in subdued but powerful oak dominates. The beer bears some oxidative notes however minute. Dry oaky finish. The coffee has faded a good bit when compared to fresh Speedway.

M: A little chewy, low carbonation and parchingly dry oak finish.

O: Solid balanced beer, tasty oak and a good integration of fading coffee. Not an overly remarkable beer but matured with age, allowing the bourbon nuances to show.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

09 Edition
On tap at the brewery.

The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a light beige head. The foam recedes quickly leaving a thin ring around the glass. The nose is chocolate, bourbon and dark fruit. Taste is of leather, chocolate, caramel, and oak. There is a sweet quality to it, as well. Bourbon is integrated so well that there is almost no alcohol heat to speak of. Finish is sweet with lingering chocolate and bourbon. Feel is somewhat thinner than I'd expect from a big BA stout and carbonation is on the low side, as it should be. Overall this is another very nice barrel aged offering from AleSmith.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Huge, thick, and dark, this beer basically globs into the glass. A small and tan colored head forms and leaves a bit of lacing. The head reduces down to just a ring on the top of the beer. There are also a few alcohol legs around the glass.

S- Right off the bat, you notice that this one is mostly bourbon barrel. Great notes of char, spice, oak, and light sweetness hit the nostrils in an aggressive attack. There is just a touch of dark and black malt bitterness coming through in the nose as well, but the barrel really dominates the smell.

T- Barrel and dark, bitter malts hit the tongue first. The barrel is lighter and less dominant than it is in the scent. There is more of a focus on spice and oak than the sweeter elements of the barrel. The dark malts increase the bitterness with a dose of dark chocolate flavor and maybe a hint of light tar when the barrel and malt is combined. Everything mellows out toward the end of the drink with a slight lean towards the barrel flavors. Oak and a touch of bourbon ride out the drink and linger on the tongue.

M- No doubt about it, this beer is thick and viscous, smooth and strong. A slower drinker, but a delicious one keeps you coming back for more. Feels like the style should.

Overall, this is a very pleasant drinking experience. It is think, dark, and strong with a great display of barrel flavors. The Base beer is almost overpowered, but the balance that is struck between barrel and malt is absolutely delicious. Definitely worth it if you can find it.

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Photo of vacax
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The growler pours gosh danged dark with around a finger of dark mocha head. Not much retention or lacing, goes down to zero bubbles pretty quickly. Slight coating effect from the alcohol, but no legs or church windows. The aroma is plums, bourbon, brown sugar, black treacle, coconut, coffee, and oak. The barrel presence is quite real and stronger than the bottles I have tasted from time to time, as this growler would be fresher out of the oak. The flavor has cocoa, oak, bourbon, raisin, and even some olive and spiciness to it. Roasted coffee and cookielike malts on the finish. The body is medium to full with some nice oily thickness to it, but still a bit thinner I would expect. Quite a nice beer, somewhat boozy, though I like some nice bourbon flavors. I will have a couple glasses.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to alexgrahamlv for this trade a couple years ago, opened for my recent 30th (ugh) birthday.

2009 Vintage

Pours a dark dark brown almost black color with no light penetration, small light brown head, fades at a decent rate, not much lacing on the glass though.

Smell has a nice boozy aroma, roasted malt mixed with a woody bourbon aspect, vanilla is strong but not overwhelming to the nose, lightest touch of dark fruit.

Taste starts out with a slight alcohol bourbon burn but quickly subsides when the roasted malt, vanilla and dark fruit come into play, subtle hints of chocolate help sweeten the deal, the burn does return in the throat though, even four years of age and this is a strong beer, carbonation is perfect, medium high viscosity so there's nice coverage on the tongue without being too "chewy".

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Photo of pixel
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle number 13/235
2006 Vintage
Thanks to BA member McAllister for sharing this bad boy

Pours a deep rich black with a very thin bubbly tan head. Slight lacing on the glass.
Smells of a stellar blend of bourbon, chocolate, and roasted coffee. Tastes of oak bourbon and very rich coffee. Somewhat of a sour tannic taste on the tongue like that you would get from eating the skins of fresh cherries. Very thick mouthful that coats the tongue. Surprisingly drinkable to me on this cold winter day, but definitely a beer meant to savor slowly.

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Photo of nightwing002
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery for the release of the 09 BA Speedway Stout

A – In the cup the beer looked black with no light able to shine through. It had a nice beige/tan head that dissipated quickly to leave a nice ring around the cup.

S – First to the mind is a nice strong chocolate scent. Also detectable are hints of caramel, wood, and burnt malts.

T – Up front first was a flavor or strong malty chocolate that eventually finished with a coffee aftertaste. The alcohol goes down warm but not hot. This beer leaves a sweet coating on your lips that you can taste for a bit afterwards.

M – Creamy feel in the mouth with a perfect amount of carbonation. Excellent for this BA stout.

O – This was a great version of the Speedway Stout. The barrel aging has done wonders to this beer. I’m hoping that aging this beer a bit more will help bring out more flavors.

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Photo of gatornation
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick black color with a tan head and fresh lacing. Smell is bourbon vanilla wood roasted malt ans chocolate. Taste 1st is rich mellow bourbon it is the star in this stout it is supported nicely by vanilla and chocolate roasted malts hints of coffee, this stout is a very forward bourbon barrel but i really liked it, thick mouth feel with lingering roasted malt dark fruit bourbon . would love to try this more often , very hard to find in MN.

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Photo of seeswo
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a very thin layer of tannish head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla and roasted malts. Definitely more reserved than some BA imperial stouts. Taste is smooth. Iced coffee, roasted malts, mild chocolate meld with bourbon, oak and vanilla. A good level of sweetness is balanced with a reserved bitterness that comes together quite well. While there is a lot of barrel in this beer, it is not an over-the-top BA imperial stout like some. Good medium carbonation and body work well. Overall, this beer is a winner. AleSmith obviously knows their way around a barrel. Being picky, a bit more of the coffee flavor that comes out in the base beer, along with a slight boost in the barrel character would have pushed the taste to a 5. In addition, that additional coffee probably would have brought out the nose more. Still really good as is.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 750ml served in a snifter, so excited to finally try this one.

Pours like motoroil, ink black with a one finger mocha head that dissipates into a ring around the edges. Big legs, no lacing.

Almost smells like dark chocolate frosting with a twist of bourbon. A touch of tannin and vanilla, the coffee has unfortunately faded out of this.

Big dark chocolate up front with a rounded out sweetness similar to malt balls. Bourbon notes throughout with highlights of vanilla and oak. Surprisingly not hot at all.

Heavy on the palate and sticky. Extremely low carbonation.

A solid barrel aged stout but doesn't do too much different than any other highly rated stout. Wish I had popped this sooner because I feel that it would have had more to offer earlier in it's life but still, a great beer.

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Photo of Lunch
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle generously shared another BA at the Sexual Chocolate release in North Carolina (Thanks man!) into my Great Divide snifter (02/06/10).

A: Pours an extremely dark and mildly thick motor oil black with a lighter than expected two-finger head with nice retention leaving some sticky lace.

S: Has all the elements of the regular Speedway; coffee and roasted malt with just a faint hint of dark, bitter chocolate, but this clearly enhanced with a wonderful wave of vanilla bourbon.

T: Like the original, coffee is certainly the dominating force with this Imperial Stout and it does so in a very effective way. Seems quite fresh with some espresso-like qualities with a great degree of roasted malt and some hints of chocolate in a dark and bitter form. The barrel aging adds a whole new dimension to this beer with some nice sticky bourbon and layers of vanilla.

M: I found this to be slightly thinner than expected, but had some nice creaminess and moderate carbonation

D: Quite easy to drink especially for a 12% BA Imperial Stout.

In my oppinion this was a nice, but subtle improvement over the its non-BA brother, adding some nice dimension and character to an already stellar brew. Thanks again Mac!

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle

A - Black body, dark brown 3 finger head with tight bubbles.

S - Bourbon, oak, maybe some vanilla.

T - Bourbon, still a lot of coffee, brown sugar, molasses, big chocolate finish.

M - Full. Dry finish. Good amount of carbonation.

Great beer. Not quite as full bodied as the non BA version. Reminded me a lot of BA sexual chocolate but bigger.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at a tasting, alongside the regular Speedway and the Kopi Luwak variant. This one pours with a similar body to the regular Speedway - silky, black, and only showing some dark brown highlights at its very extremities. The tan head on this one was a bit darker than that of the original Speedway, but it dissipates much quicker also, leaving basically no lacing along the glass as it sinks down.

The aroma is as powerful as they come; it hits quickly with huge barrel qualities - soft oak and vanilla melding with a bourbon character that is slightly grainy and raw, but not quite enough to be abrasive. Some nice dark fudge rounds out the rough edges, alongside just a hint of coffee. Despite the unique coffee aroma being so strong and "out front" in the original Speedway, it's actually one of the most tame aromas in the barrel-aged version. Weird. Just from the nose, you can tell this one is gonna be a doozy. Robust bourbon, oak, and fudge stings and warms my nostrils one last time before I dive in and take my first sip...

The first thing I notice is that the body on this one is much creamier than the original Speedway - chalk that up to the barrel aging, of course. A nice mixture of bourbon and vanilla are the first things to attack the palate, with a slight bias in the bourbon direction. Again, the bourbon characteristic is more grainy and "pure" than in many other BA beers - very powerful. A strong oak presence backs the beer from nearly start to finish, with some light coconut flavors coming in at the tail end.

There is a reasonable heat to this one, feels maybe even a bit hotter than 12% ABV, not too sure how I feel about that yet. The fudge flavors are a bit more suppressed than I anticipated, but they come out much more during the latter half of the beer, along with some very light dark fruity and anise-like sweetness, helping to cut through the bourbon heat and the bitterness from the roasted malts. The strongest flavor in the finish is the grainy bourbon and a mild fudge sweetness. Low carbonation, smooth, chewy, creamy body.

Overall, the coffee was very unnoticeable on the palate, something that I loved so much about the original Speedway. The bourbon barrel flavors were huge, but perhaps a little "too huge" for my liking, as they seemed to overshadow some of Speedways excellent qualities. Still a very delicious beer, but I'd have to take the original over this one, without question.

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Photo of Treebs
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review #650. 750 ml bottle served in a CCB snifter. 2012 vintage

A: Pours a very dark black color with a tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to thin ring that leave some minor sploches of lace behind.

S: Bourbon up fron couple with some figs and various dark fruit. Sweet barrel presence with some caraml and light vanilla. A little stone fruit sweetness with some roasted malts and chocolate.

T: The barrel is upfront with some oak and smooth bourbon. Bakers chocolate and some milk chocolate with heavy roast. I'm missing the coffee flavors from this guy, but it's still really good.

M: Silky smooth mouthfeel, medium to heavy bodied. Medium carbonation level.

O: This is definitely in the upper echelon of BA stouts. Having more coffee notes would have definitely set it apart. Still a very delicious brew that I'd love to have again.

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Photo of yamar68
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big old thanks to bstyle for hooking me up with this one - 2009 vintage shared with mnphish:

Dark coffee brown with an edge of ruby clarity... a thin pale khaki head shows minimal retention, leaving behind more legging than lacing.

Understated coffee presence, mushy dark fruits, a touch of sweet oxidation.

Bitter coffee is still prominent on the palate. Charred oak, vanilla and molasses, licorice and macchiato... espresso, oily coffee bean and alcohol exist in harmony. The flavors are a little muddy but the end result is something delicious.

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Photo of glazeman
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage. Split with airohead2001. This was a top want of the both of us for quite awhile.

A: The beer pours near black in color with a 1.5 finger medium brown head that has excellent retention and lacing.

S: Wonderful bourbon and chocolate notes up front, followed by raisins. Overall I was very impressed with the smell, although it’s not quite up to the top of the class level as it lacks some depth and intensity.

T: As with the nose, the taste is quite good and is very balanced, although the flavor profile isn’t quite as diverse or intense as the best ba stouts. The finish is of milk chocolate with a slight bitterness. I like that this one isn’t sweet but rather smooth. The bourbon is integrated well throughout.

M: This is more carbonated than the average ba stout, which makes it feel a bit on the thin side. Still, it has a good feel and aftertaste.

O: I’m really glad to have had this beer. It lived up to my expectations and is one that I would gladly have again, and will probably search out again in the future. Hides the ABV very well.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge impenetrable blackness. Looks great.

Buttery bourbon, some coffee, a bit of oxidation.

Chocolate, toffee fudge, brownies, coffee, slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is huge, rich, velvety, and super smooth.

So great. Big thanks to Allen for popping that.

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Photo of mentor
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage, bottle 45/196. Pours pitch black with no head. Smells of molassses, roast coffee, black patent sour, clean alcohol, chocolate, dark fruits. Potent and enticing. Alcohol becomes a bit too strong once the beer warmed.

Tastes oaky coffee, vanilla, cream. Chocolate rises late and tastes like a coffee bean covered in high-end chocolate. The flavors are strong, balanced in their intensities, and melded wonderfully. Mouthfeel is thick and leaves a persistent coffee hanging on the tongue. The alcohol doesn't quite wipe the palate. Fantastic drinkability, a great sipper for pondering.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage, courtesy of mikesgroove about 1 year ago, shared at a tasting after the Jackie O's anniversary party. No audibles when the cap was removed, threatening no carbonation, but in fact there's a little.

The aroma is nice, exceptional really considering it holds its own directly after Bolshoi which was unreal. Soft bourbon with a very refined feel, roasted malts, no coffee at all (unexpected), I could smell it for hours. It tastes sweet upfront with a very low grade burn in the aftertaste, the bourbon has integrated well. A very nice aftertaste too, maybe the only negative is a hint of ash, light though.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel (very low carb), it gives Bolshoi a run for the money, excellent.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2009 vintage. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Pours with a nice head. Black and viscous. Good retention.

Smell - Boozy smell. Subdued coffee, especially compared to regular Speedway. Decent barrel notes of bourbon and vanilla.

Taste - Awesome. Coffee comes through much more. Good chocolate and a great barrel flavor. Tingly bourbon is especially evident in the finish. Hot from the barrel, not necessarily the beer.

Mouthfeel - Thick and boozy, even if from the barrel, it's a little harsh. Decent carbonation.

Overall - Nice. Really nice. Maybe not any better than regular Speedway, but the barrel adds a nice dimension.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 2009 vintage, which was released in 2011.

4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy light brown head. Retention is very good for a brew this big and a sizeable ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: As expected, there isn't a whole hell of a lot of coffee left in this. There is some coffee, but it might just be coming from the base stout. Lots of chocolate and molasses. Caramel and a touch of smoke to follow. The bourbon is a bit softer than I was expecting, but I'm not disappointed since the base beer is more than solid. Leathery with melon and apple fruitiness. Light oak and enough vanilla to please.

4.0 T: The taste is very good, but it seems like the bourbon is now carrying the beer instead of the opposite found in the nose. Leather, vanilla, melon, smoke, light spiciness, oak, and bourbony booze predominate. Chocolate, molasses, caramel, and coffee from the stout. Don't get me wrong, this is borderline 4.5.

4.5 M: Medium, borderline heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess. No qualms here.

4.5 D: Very tasty beer, but I wish it was easier to get. It takes a lot to pull this in a trade, so in the future I'll resign myself to obtaining BCSs, CBS, and BA Boris. That said, I'm happy I traded for this because it is a great beer and something everyone should try.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. Shared at the 'nati tasting.

A. Pours black with amber edges with a tan creamy head.

S. Dark fruit, some anise, vanilla, some bourbon sweetness, coffee, and a bit of oak.

T. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and coffee. Becomes even sweeter as it warms.

M. Rich, smooth texture, and creamy.

D. Great beer. A complex beer that I really appreciate being able to try.

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